Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. Presents “Brews and Views”

Half Moon Bay, CA – Save The Bay was started more than 50 years ago by three brave women who had an “impossible” idea — that people, working together, could prevent the Bay from being destroyed. The purpose of the organization is to protect and restore the Bay from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development, making it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is honored to welcome David Lewis, Executive Director of Save The Bay, to participate in the February 6th Brews and Views. A native of the Bay Area, Lewis has been instrumental in organizing legislative and issue campaigns as Senior Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Chief Operations Officer for the League of Conservation Voters, and Director of Policy and Legislation for Physicians for Social Responsibility. Lewis is excited to participate in a discussion about the future efforts of Save the Bay at this very special Brews and Views with moderator and co-owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Lenny Mendonca.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
6 to 8 p.m.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Reservations and Tickets:
Admission and snacks are complimentary. The full menu will be available for purchase, along with beer, wine and other beverages. Ten percent of the proceeds from all dinner sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for this event will be donated to the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

For More Information:
Call 650-728-BREW (2739) or visit www.hmbbrewingco.com.

Speaker Biography:

David Lewis has been Executive Director of Save The Bay since 1998, and one of San Francisco Bay’s top advocates for more than a decade. Under his leadership, Save The Bay stopped San Francisco International Airport’s plan to pave more of the Bay for runways, and has taken on industry giants Cargill Inc., the American Chemistry Council, and serious Bay polluters. He has also testified before Congress on oil spill prevention and restoring Bay wetlands to combat the impacts of climate change.

Lewis was born and raised in the Bay Area, and prior to joining Save The Bay, he devoted 14 years to work for nuclear arms control in Washington, D.C., including in the U.S. Senate, and also worked on election campaigns across the country. He holds a B.A. in Politics and American Studies from Princeton University and is still trying to catch up to his daughters on the ski slopes.

Moderator Biography:

Lenny Mendonca is a director emeritus (retired senior partner) from the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Mendonca founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice. For many years Mendonca led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly, and served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). His client work focused on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges.

Mendonca is the Chair of Children Now, co-Chair of California Forward, and founder and Chair of Fusecorps. He is the Chair Emeritus of the Bay Area Council and the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and was vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for Junior Statesmen of America.

He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College. Mendonca lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

In 1961, San Francisco Bay was choked with sewage and industrial pollution, ringed with garbage dumps, and only 6 miles of its shoreline was accessible to the public. There was no Environmental Protection Agency, no Clean Water Act, no Endangered Species Act, and no effective regulations against rampant development in the Bay.

When three East Bay women, Kay Kerr, Sylvia McLaughlin, and Esther Gulick, saw an Oakland Tribune illustration showing how development threatened to shrink San Francisco Bay to a narrow shipping channel by 2020, they took action. They made phone calls, wrote letters, held meetings, and collected $1 each from thousands of Bay Area residents to create the “Save San Francisco Bay Association.” Over several decades, Save The Bay led the grassroots advocacy that halted the Bay’s rapid decline. The sewage is now treated and the Bay is cleaner, shoreline garbage dumps are now mostly shoreline parks, and nearly 300 miles of Bay trail is open to the public for walking, biking, and viewing wildlife.

Today, these founders’ legacy of protecting and restoring the Bay continues with Save the Bay.

Recently selected by Men’s Fitness as one of America’s Top Ten Craft Breweries and byTravel + Leisure magazine as one of America’s Best Beach Bars, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is situated on picturesque Pillar Point Harbor overlooking the Marina in Princeton-by-the Sea. The Brewing Company expertly pairs a family-friendly, come-as-you-are atmosphere with a winning combination of fresh, sustainable seafood, craft beers, live music and an expansive, dog-friendly patio area with blazing fire pits to keep patrons warm on the waterfront. The Brewing Company is a casual coastal venue that has become an institution in the Half Moon Bay area for locals and visitors alike since opening in 2000. With its warm, wood-toned interior, expansive windows to the ocean, and walls dotted with surf memorabilia, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant and bar is reminiscent of a typical California surf shack. Behind the restaurant lie the 1,200 square-foot Mavericks Beer Garden and on-site brewery, where hand-crafted, award-winning Mavericks┬« Beers & Ales are piped directly to the bar. The Mavericks Amber Ale won a bronze medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup, and the Ocho Barril Saison won Best in Show for session beers and the gold medal in the Wood/Smoke Ale category at the California State Fair in June, 2013.

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is located at 390 Capistrano Road in Half Moon Bay, Calif. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to close; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to close; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to close. To book a reservation, please call 650-728-BREW (2739) or visit OpenTable.com. Additional information may be found at www.hmbbrewingco.com.

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